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Obituary: Michael 'Mike' S. Murphy

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Michael (Mike) S. Murphy

Michael (Mike) S. Murphy

Michael "Mike" S. Murphy, 64, born in Hamilton, Ohio, passed away on Oct. 16 in Franklin.

Mr. Murphy was born in Hamilton, Ohio to the late Daniel Murphy and Dorothy (Landrum) Murphy on July 25, 1957. He attended St. Ann grade school and was a 1975 graduate of Garfield High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics and industrial relations at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he also played baseball for his beloved Musketeers.

On Dec. 8, 1979, he married his high school sweetheart and best friend of 47 years, Catherine (Mattingly) Murphy. If you asked Mike, he loved Catherine since he saw her in diapers.

He was an accomplished health care executive for 42 years.

His proudest accomplishment was the creation of Dominic & Irvine in 2001, named after Mike and Catherine’s grandfathers, and later sold to MedAssets (Vizient). It was D&I where Mike, Catherine and Ryan worked together as a team with many other beloved employees and friends.

He and Catherine also created Bellaterra Ranch, a dream that was inspired by their love for wine and the finer things in life. His long career was topped off by becoming a member of the HCA/HealthTrust family, which he was able to share with his adored daughter, Amanda.

Mike was a six-year member of the board for Centennial Medical Center and a member of several groups and organizations, where he shared passion while developing lifelong friendships. Mike was truly a man who lived to inspire, teach, learn and breathe in all of life’s possibilities. He was a son, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin, uncle, colleague and friend who was proudest of his titles of husband, dad, father-in-law and, so adoringly, papa. His earthly presence will be greatly missed but will live on in our hearts forever.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy (Landrum) Murphy; father, Daniel Murphy; grandparents Irvin and Walberga (Gosmeyer) Landrum and Domenick and Mildred (Delgatti) Rotundo; aunt, Lillian Gosmeyer; and in-laws Robert and Joan (Rotundo) Mattingly.

Mike is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Catherine (Mattingly) Murphy; son, Ryan Murphy; daughter, Amanda (Brad) Bartkowiak; brother, Kevin (Kate) Murphy; sister, Marcia (Jerry Fink) Hartzel; loving and adored grandchildren Jake (6), Ava Grace (4) and Sophia (2); as well as his dearly loved aunts, uncles, sisters- and brothers-in-law, cousins and many adored nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, led by Father Joe McMahon at Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 9100 Crockett Road in Brentwood. A celebration of life will follow the service at a different location for family, close friends and present/past colleagues. Please email to confirm your presence at the celebration and for further details.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Sarah Cannon Research Center Donation to Sarah Cannon | Sarah Cannon and National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). Donate to NAMI

The family of Mike Murphy wishes to extend our sincerest and heartfelt thank you to Dr. David Spigel and the caregivers at Tennessee Oncology, the Band of Brothers and their spouses, the HCA/HealthTrust family and the many friends and family who were here throughout his journey, especially in the last days.